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Plenary Speakers

We are delighted to share our first confirmed plenary speakers:

  1.  Adelina Comas- Herrera
  2. Aravinda Guntupalli

Adelina Comas- Herrera

Adelina Comas-Herrera works at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She lead the LTCcovid.org initiative, linked to the International Long-Term Care Policy Network, that gathered international evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on people who use and provide long-term care and the policy and practice mitigation measures that countries were adopting. She is an economist with over 25 years of experience in long-term care research. Her work has involved analysis of health and long-term care policies, the development of models to make projections of future long-term care needs and expenditure and research on how to strengthen health and care systems to address the challenges posed by ageing and dementia globally. She has also worked as a consultant for the World Health Organisation and the Inter-American Development Bank and was co-author of the World Alzheimer Reports in 2016 and 2019.

Aravinda Meera Guntupalli

Dr Aravinda Meera Guntupalli started her career at the International Institute for Population Sciences, an autonomous organisation of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. In 2002, she moved to the University of Tübingen, Germany, to conduct her research on health inequalities in colonial and post-colonial India.

At the University of Southampton, she researched the association between morbidity and age using data from the Hampshire Friendly Society. Her work was further inspired by the Life Course perspective when working at the University of Southampton in the Life Course Epidemiology unit and the Centre for Research on Ageing. She later worked at the Open University (OU), where she chaired the Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies (CABS).

As the programme lead of the MSc Global Health and Management, Aravinda's current research at the University of Aberdeen looks at three stands of work: 1. Cancer and diabetes-related inequalities among middle-aged and older adults in India, Nepal, and Uganda. 2. Food and fuel poverty along older adults in UK. 3. Nutrition among informal migrants an in informal settlements in India. During the COVID pandemic, she conducted extensive engagement activities to highlight inequalities faced by older adults in India.